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April 2003 Site updates


April 25, 2003

  • News Release:
    • Eleanor Snyder to lead Faith & Life Resources
      Eleanor Snyder, of Kitchener, Ont., has been appointed as director of Faith & Life Resources, a division of Mennonite Publishing Network. She will work from an office in Waterloo, Ont., beginning May 15.

April 24, 2003

April 23, 2003

  • News releases:
    • Botswana ministry characterized by care, respect
      After seven years of working with African Independent Churches (AICs) in Botswana, workers Rudy and Sharon Dirks and their three children (Nathan, Shawna, and Stephanie) have returned to home to Canada. Their work in Botswana with AICs has been both challenging and rewarding as they walked with the churches and their leaders to figure out how to apply the Bible to life in Botswana.
    • Church planting grant awarded
      Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church (TCMC) will hire a pastor for its new Mandarin ministry with $25,000 in grants from Mennonite Church Canada’s Churches Planting Churches (formerly called City on a Hill), a program of Outreach and Church Planting, and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. The MC Canada funding was part of the program budget of the previous fiscal year.
    • Churches, workers voice global concern about war's impact
      Leaders and members of Mennonite churches around the world have been stating publicly their opposition to war in Iraq as well as grave concerns about the war's long-term effects. They have joined many of their counterparts in the United States, helping Mennonites live up to an identity as one of the "historic peace churches."
    • Last chance for logo assistance
      Congregations wishing to incorporate the dove logo will continue to receive free assistance from logo designer Glenn Fretz until September, 2003.
    • Your pictures needed
      Mennonite Church Canada needs photographs reflecting the places, spaces, work, and lives of Mennonite Church Canada people from area conferences across the country for a welcome presentation at the annual assembly in St. Catharines this summer (July 9-13).
  • Posted new edition MHC Gallery CANVASs newsletter
  • Removed CSM alumni from St. Catharines 2003 pages - event has been cancelled.

April 17, 2003

  • May 2003 Equipping No. 36 online:
    • Letter from Dan Nighswander
    • Prayer Requests
    • Your pictures needed
    • Leadership in Storms: Message from the Denominational Ministerpdates
    • Bulletin Insert – Art During Siberian Exile exhibition.
    • A view from Witness: summary of cutbacks in ministry
    • Witness Notes for May
    • Reinventing Equipping Canada
  • Added job posting for Office Assistant
  • Updated About» Staff pages
  • Removed job posting for interim finance position (filled)
  • Added new page to hold Church Planting Sunday resources

April 9, 2003

  • News releases:
    • London Mennonite Centre: A dream come true

      Through the London Mennonite Centre, Mennonites have been providing an Anabaptist presence in the United Kingdom for almost 50 years. Vic and Kathy Thiessen and teenage daughters Janelle and Katrina of Edmonton, Alberta have been serving with Mennonite Church Canada Witness since August 2002 at the London Mennonite Centre (LMC).

    • London centre to celebrate 50 years of hospitality, service
      The London Mennonite Centre, a three-story house on Shepherds Hill in the Highgate section of London, will play host to visitors from around the world June 7-8 in celebration of its 50th year of Christian service and hospitality.
    • Youth Summit Delegate chosen for MWC
      Jennifer Egan will travel to Zimbabwe this summer to represent Mennonite Church Canada at the Mennonite World Conference Global Youth Summit. Organizers hope for as many as 50 youth from around the world to attend.
    • What comes first: vision or leadership?

      It began with a phone call from a small rural congregation. The caller wondered if Mennonite Church Manitoba had any funds available to help them hire a pastor. They had functioned with the assistance of interim leadership for the past several years but longed for a permanent pastor to lead them.

    • Ron Rempel appointed as executive director of MPN
      Ron Rempel, of Waterloo, Ont., has been appointed executive director of the Mennonite Publishing Network, effective Aug. 1. Rempel has been editor and publisher of Canadian Mennonite since 1997. For 18 years prior to that, he managed and edited its predecessor, Mennonite Reporter.
    • MC Canada Pension Plan Improved

      Following a survey of pension plan members conducted in spring of 2001, Mennonite Church Canada is pleased to announce an enhanced group retirement plan. The improved plan will respond to member concerns for increased investment choice, improved access to plan and account information, and a continuing focus on socially responsible investment.

    • MC Canada VS program may continue
      New funding will buy time for MC Canada’s Christian Service Ministry as it prepares to wind down operations in Canada.

April 2, 2003